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Canton refrains from putting much of himself in this book. There is brief mention of a lost father and hints of the heartbreak that first led Canton to seek out the healing powers of the oak. Although I was curious to learn more about Canton, this restraint invites the reader to step into the narrative to fill the gaps, to feel the calm, peace and timelessness of the oak as he does.
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Archive Discoveries

  • Most of Lonely Planet’s publications can fit snugly at the bottom of a backpack, but The Travel Book is a volume best left at home on the coffee table to inspire adventures.  Read on >
  • Heart surgeon PROFESSOR STEPHEN WESTABY has worked for 35 years to save ailing hearts and, in many cases, give his patients a second chance at life. In his new memoir, Fragile Lives, Westaby recounts remarkable and poignant cases, such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks before reaching six months of age. We asked him to tell us a bit about his life as a surgeon. Read on >
  • While researching for a non-fiction book about the botanical history of some of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks, US author Amy Stewart stumbled across a gin smuggler’s altercation with a officious woman named Constance Kopp. This discovery catalysed her historical crime-fiction series based around Constance and her two sisters, set in New Jersey in 1915. As the second instalment in the series, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, is released, Angus Dalton finds out more. Read on >
  • ANGUS DALTON meets British historian, journalist and author L S HILTON as she publicises the most hotly anticipated thriller of 2016, Maestra. Read on >
  • It’s 100 years since
 Roald Dahl’s birth on 13 September 1916. For many years now, 13 September has been celebrated as Roald Dahl Day.  I love all of Roald Dahl’s books. I love the naughty antics his characters get up to in so many of his stories. I love reading about the fascinating life he led – especially his wartime flying exploits – and I really loved how he made the nasty grandmother in George’s Marvellous Medicine just go ‘pop’ and disappear. I think we all have someone in our life we’d like that to happen to occasionally. If you are yet to read his memoirs – Boy and Going Solo – I can’t recommend them highly enough. Read on >
  • UK journalist and editor MARINA BENJAMIN looks at the joys, losses and opportunities of middle age in her new book, The Middlepause. In this extract she writes about the secret misogynistic history of HRT.   Read on >
  • American author and hairdresser DEBORAH RODRIGUEZ lived in the Afghan capital of Kabul for five years, and in that time she founded her own beauty salon and coffee shop. On her return to the US, she wrote a bestselling novel based on the bustling cafe, and now she’s taking us back to Afghanistan in Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. ANGUS DALTON reports. Read on >
  • We chat to aspiring astronaut and sci-fi writer S J Kincaid on haunted graveyards, Star Trek, and her new YA galactic thriller, The Diabolic.  Read on >
  •  Looking for an engrossing historical fiction read? gr has rounded-up eight of the best for you to try.   The books in Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series have undergone a renaissance recently after
being adapted into a BBC
TV series that has gained a cult following. When Claire Randall is thrown back in time from 1945 to 1743 she finds herself in a very different Scotland, where she is branded as an outlander or Sassenach (a derogatory word for an English person) in a country run by clans and invaded by Redcoats. Try this series if you like a well-researched historical sagas that have swashbuckling adventure and a bit of romantic romping. Read on >
  • Stretching across generations and set on the Atherton Tablelands where she lives, the latest novel from prolific Australian author BARBARA HANNAY is a saga of loss, love, secrets and salvation. She tells MAUREEN EPPEN 
about her writing life, and how The Grazier's Wife evolved.   Read on >
  • The author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And other inspiring stories of pioneering brain transformation, busts long-held conceptions about how our minds function. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • This debut novel won the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers and is a brilliant read. Alex and Amy’s real journey is about finding each other. Families can inflict pain and damage but the ties that bind run deep. While the novel deals with grief and trauma, it is also humorous and perceptive. I found Alex and Amy’s story compelling and I couldn’t stop thinking about them after I finished. Read on >

  • Glimpses of Utopia is arresting from the very first sentence: ‘What if the future we need is vastly different to the future we’ve been told we want?’ It’s the first of many questions Jess poses that challenge the prevailing systems that govern every aspect of our lives. It’s an optimistic, evidence-based vision for the future that reads more like a real-world drama where we all write the ending. Read on >

  • If you like books with a clear narrative and relatable characters, then this isn’t a book for you. But, if you are happy to give yourself over to the unexpected, can let the narrative tease and taunt and trust it to unravel at its own pace, Piranesi should be high on your reading list. Read on >

  • This story felt real and I was completely captivated. Read on >

  • Be prepared. Before you open this book, take a deep breath … it might be a while before you come up for air.  Read on >

  • The 12 writers in this anthology have contributed fiction, poetry and non-fiction, imagining an alternative Australia after empire, colony, and white supremacy. The collection is bookended by pieces from Hannah Donnelly, a Wiradjuri writer interested in indigenous futures, and speculative fiction. She has also written two moving pieces in the collection cast as ‘interludes’ about miscegenation and brushes with the law. Read on >

  • The book shows that climate change isn’t one big thing, but a mass of small things building together slowly but surely against us. There are stories of heroism and hope that provide a silver lining to the book’s doom and gloom. Read on >

  • Anatolia is more than just a cookbook; it is also an education and travel book which is beautifully presented. I can’t wait to cook more of the recipes. Read on >

  • While the non-chronological order of the book sometimes makes the order of events confusing, The Awful Truth is a genuinely fascinating look at an age of news gone by. Read on >

  • Every now and again a book comes along that speaks to us as readers. Asking us to look at not just what we read or why we read, but how our reading influences the way we interact with the world around us. For readers and writers alike, this is a book to read and absorb and take solace that, despite the challenges and obstacles placed in front of our creatives, there are passionate advocates and practitioners whose work is to be celebrated for years to come. Read on >

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